FC Arizona won a friendly match against the University of Arizona club soccer team 9-1 on Friday at Mesa Community College’s Riggs Stadium.
Nacho Cancela and Cesar Mexia each had hat tricks for FC Arizona, which is 3-4-2 in NPSL play this season.
“It’s good to get some confidence so you can finish,” head coach Maxi Viera said. “It’s not the same finish as practice with the comfort zone.”
Viera said playing friendly games at this point in the season can cause problems too.
“You can get hurt, and we are in the position to play with our direct opposition the (Riverside) Coras and Temecula.” he said. “We depend on ourselves,”
FC Arizona right now is sitting at fourth place in the standings of the NPSL.
“Fourth place plays third place and then you go reseed again.” he said. “Here we have a long year and things happen every day and what we are trying to do is survive and hope for better days ahead of us.”
Cancela got the first of his three goals just six minutes in and Josh Drack made it 2-0 six minutes later. Mexia scored in the 27th minute to give FC Arizona a 5-0 advantage at halftime.
“Arizona is a tough game,” Viera said. “Showed Albion and Golden State and Orange County that we are not an easy team and we will give lots of headaches if we go to the playoffs.”
FC Arizona next plays Temecula FC at home next Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m.